Tom Skinner releasing self-titled LP Nov. 13 on Oklahoma-based 598 Recordings, already has Garth Brooks' endorsement
Newly inducted Country Music Hall of Famer and Oklahoma native Garth Brooks is among the multitude of music fans anticipating the new record release from longtime friend and early bandmate Tom Skinner.
Simply titled “Tom Skinner,” this rare collection of original music is set to be released on Nov. 13 on 598 Recordings, a new upstart label headed by Oklahoma music icon Mike McClure and partner Chance Sparkman.
“I know Tom Skinner well enough to say that making a record of his original recordings was not something he was easily talked into doing and hats off to McClure for getting it done. Tom is very private with his music because the stuff that he writes is extremely personal. This is a very, VERY special gift from Tom to all of his fans…of which I am one.” says Brooks in a news release.
If you talk to any artist from Oklahoma who has cut their teeth in the anomaly known as red dirt music, you would be hard pressed to find a single one who doesn’t contribute their well- honed craft and a portion of their success to Tom Skinner. Skinner is considered one of the main pioneers, along with the late, great Bob Childers, of the genre, and his songs have been covered by The Great Divide, Cody Canada, The Red Dirt Rangers, Stoney Larue, and Jason Boland.
An Okie through and through, Skinner grew up in Bristow and started playing music in Stillwater with his brothers during the time Brooks was trying to making a name for himself. Now an Owasso resident and musical megastar, Brooks called on Skinner and his brothers to create the Sante Fe Band, and after a stint of playing around the local clubs, they all moved to Nashville in the pursuit of landing a record deal. As Brooks was turned down by everyone in town, Skinner became homesick for Oklahoma moved back home.
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